Booth in Mongolia: Tsagaan Sar

Climbing the stairs to the family apartment of a friend's Mongolian colleague, I felt a tang of nervousness. The other foreigners I was with were chattering in whispers about how exactly to present the crisp 10 000 tugrik bill to the grandparents. I reckon that all of us were worried about screwing up the line …

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The Festive Season: Japan vs South Africa

The holiday season is long over. Adults have returned to work and children have started school again. So I would like to take this time to make a (delayed) post about the differences between the festive season in South Africa and the festive season in Japan - both of which are riddled with opposites: 1. …

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